Kids can learn about competitive diving and swim strokes with these classes. Class availability varies by Y location.

Upcoming Session

The next session for classes and lessons begins the week of September 11—registration opens August 11.


Focus on swim strokes and diving techniques

Competitive Stroke and Turn Development

  • Ages: Five to 17 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes
  • Seven-class session cost: $52 for members and $107 for non-members, you and/or your teen must be a Y member to receive the discounted rate

This class is designed to develop and improve the four competitive strokes: butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle, as well as competitive starts and turns. Designed for a wide range of swimming abilities, all swimmers will benefit from individual instruction and small class sizes.

To participate in the class, swimmers must be able to properly demonstrate freestyle, backstroke and streamline/glide strokes; have some knowledge of butterfly and breaststroke; and be able to jump from starting blocks or the deck, and swim 50 yards freestyle and 50 yards backstroke continuously.

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Diving 1

  • Ages: Six to 17 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes
  • Seven-class session cost: $52 for members and $107 for non-members, you and/or your teen must be a Y member to receive the discounted rate

This class teaches beginners the basics of competitive diving. Kids will practice approaches, jumps in various body positions, forward dives and back dives. To participate in this class, swimmers must be comfortable swimming in deep water without flotation devices.

Diving 1 teaches beginners the basics of competitive diving. Students will practice approaches, forward and back jumps in straight, pike and tuck body positions, and forward and back dives.

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Diving 2

  • Ages: Six to 17 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes
  • Seven-class session cost: $52 for members and $107 for non-members, you and/or your teen must be a Y member to receive the discounted rate

This class introduces more advanced dives. Kids will practice forward and back dives in various body positions, including dives with twists and somersaults. Kids will also learn the basics of dive lettering, numbering and scoring. To participate in this class, swimmers must complete Diving 1.

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Swim Crew

  • Ages: Five to 14 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes
  • Seven-class session cost: $52 for members and $107 for non-members, you and/or your teen must be a Y member to receive the discounted rate

Swim Crew explores what it’s like to be on a Swim Team without committing to a whole season. Children will learn competitive swimming techniques and language, and are introduced to organized swimming workouts. Participants work on improving their endurance and times, practices relays and perfect their strokes.

To participate in the class, swimmers must be familiar with the four main competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Kids also need to be able to swim 50 yards without stopping.

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Advanced Swim Crew

  • Ages: Five to 14 years
  • Class length: 40 minutes, and meets twice a week
  • Seven-class session cost: $78 for members and $160 for non-members, you and/or your teen must be a Y member to receive the discounted rate

Similar to Swim Crew, kids will learn competitive swimming techniques, drills and endurance-building exercises. Swimmers are introduced to competitive swimming language and organized swimming workouts. On the last day of class, swimmers will participate in a competition.

To participate in the class, swimmers must be familiar with the four main competitive strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Kids also need to be able to swim 50 yards without stopping.

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Upcoming Session

The next session for classes and lessons begins the week of September 11—registration opens August 11. See the annual session calendar.